About Me

Mabuhay! Welcome to my blog.

I am a nurse by day and a home chef by night. I have always wanted to become a nurse, and this dream became possible at the University of Arizona, Go Wildcats!

My interest in cooking came at an early age. My Lolas (grandmothers) were a source of learning cooking skills and techniques–an apprenticeship based on passing the knowledge from generations ago, often accompanied with their personal stories and anecdotes. I started learning from this passed on tradition, learning about my family’s traditional meals and cultural heritage of Luzon Island.

At the kitchen table, I started with the basics of washing rice and preparing it, to making soups, and even cleaning a live fish. Through them, and my Mom, I learned the art of picking–poke, press, and pinch to test ingredients are necessary skills! It is not uncommon for me to go into three different stores to see just the right ingredient I know will do justice to the meal I plan to nourish friends, family, and myself.

Foremost, it at the kitchen–I learned the most important of all lessons–how to be human– to laugh, cry, and love. It was at my grandmothers’ table, my Mom’s table, and now my table that we’ve chatted and confided our stories of recipes and life. They took the forms of meals and desserts, all lovingly and faithfully made, learning to taste, adjusting flavors, and then passing it on to the next taster–creating bonds at the table. It is through this blog that I would like to pass on what I have learned, and in turn open my culture and our food to envision a society that is open and diverse.

Cooking these recipes helps preserve the memories from my life. This resurrection brings my grandmothers to life, and in turn celebrate the meaning they have imparted to me. Through this adventure, I re-live the memories from my childhood and delve deeper into my heritage. As an avid reader of the Food Section of the New York Times, I recreate 5-star recipes, take on classic and timeless recipes from around the world and chefs, and recipes given to me by friends. I will add my own experience through postscript cooking notes with each of these dishes, imparting the knowledge to enhance the taste or celebrate it just as it is.

As a nurse, I will delve into sharing my knowledge to enhance the information necessary to engage and provide a resource to the healing quality of ingredients and food, for nutrition is also a form of medical therapy.

There’s a galaxy of taste out there–I hope my blog can help discover a fraction of them, through exploring memories, travels, and cultures.

To the Pursuit of Culinary Adventures,
Marissa